It is known that the promise of full support by coach Marcello Abondanza and the earnest persuasion of Heungkuk Life Insurance Club had a great influence on the background of superstar Kim Yeon-kyung (35) choosing to remain in the pro volleyball elemental team. .
An official familiar with Kim Yeon-kyung’s contract process said in a phone call with Yonhap News on the 16th, “Director Abondanza explained the team’s vision for the new season and the club management plan to Kim Yeon-kyung, and he promised to help in various ways if he was to lead a leadership life after retirement. I persuaded him,” he said. “So Kim Yeon-kyung signed a contract with Heungkuk Life Insurance.”
Coach Abondanza is a leader who had a relationship with Kim Yeon-kyung as a manager and player at Türkiye Fenerbahce.
Director Abondanza, who has lived as a leader in various countries, promised to actively support Kim Yeon-kyung after he retired, and Kim Yeon-kyung seems to have decided to remain.
Heungkuk Life Insurance also had unconventional conditions at the club level.
According to the Korea Volleyball Federation (KOVO) regulations, FA contract players must digest three seasons to reacquire FA qualification.
Most players sign a three-year free agent contract with a free agent, but Heungkuk Life Insurance respected Kim Yeon-kyung’s opinion that he would consider whether to extend his active service after finishing the 2023-2024 season, and made an unusual one-year contract.
And that’s not all.
Another official said, “Heungkuk Life Insurance also conveyed to Kim Yeon-kyung a plan to focus on strengthening power through coach Abondanza.”
According to a volleyball source, Heungkuk Life Insurance met with FA middle blocker Kim Su-ji once and is known to plan to negotiate further.
Kim Yeon-kyung and Kim Su-ji are classmates and close friends who played together at Wongok Middle School and Hanil Jeonsan Girls’ High School (Hanbom High School), and have never had a meal together in the pros.
If Heungkuk Life Insurance recruits Kim Su-ji, it may try to create a synergistic effect with Kim Yeon-kyung.
Kim Yeon-kyung showed great influence on and off the court this season. 스포츠토토
On the field, he led the regular league as the main player of Heungkuk Life Insurance, and brought volleyball fans to the stadium with his powerful ticket power.
Heungkuk Life Insurance quickly became the most popular club in the V-League men and women.
Heungkuk Life could not miss Kim Yeon-kyung.
The club gave Kim Yeon-kyung the highest salary cap, a total of 775 million won (annual salary of 475 million won, an option of 300 million won), and also conveyed her plan to recruit players and persuaded her.
Kim Yeon-kyung is known to have been struggling until the end of the contract.
At first, the possibility of transferring to Hyundai E&C seemed high. Kim Yeon-kyung said at the recent V-League Awards Ceremony, “I want to play for a team with a high chance of winning” while revealing his intention to extend his active career.
Hyundai E&C met the conditions suggested by Kim Yeon-kyung as a team with many top players such as Yang Hyo-jin, the league’s best middle blocker, and Kim Da-in, the ‘best 7 setter’.
Hyundai E&C actively moved by presenting specific conditions to recruit Kim Yeon-kyung, but failed to achieve its goal.
Kim Yeon-kyung plans to focus on individual training for the time being and then join team training in July ahead of battery training.
On the other hand, according to multiple officials, Kim Yeon-kyung also decided to challenge the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athlete Commission.
At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Ryu Seung-min, the current president of the Korea Table Tennis Association, who won the men’s table tennis gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, was elected to the IOC Athletes’ Committee. Commissioner Yoo’s term ends at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The Korea Sports Council plans to select one domestic candidate to challenge for the IOC Athletes Commission in March next year, and the candidate will participate in the Athletes Commission election to be held during the Paris Olympics.
During his career as an athlete, Kim Yeon-kyung plans to engage in various activities to select candidates for the IOC Athletes Commission.